Raaz Kashyap

Blogger living in London. Passionate writer on Hinduism. Presenting the world the beauty of Hindu spirituality in a nutshell.

Hinduism : A Spiritual Lifestyle

Let us try to understand the deeper spiritual processes of Hinduism. When I say, Hinduism : A Spiritual Lifestyle, it does not mean that Hinduism is not a religion. It is even Eternal, the Sanatan Dharama. But What is a Religion? For me religion is righteousness, right action. Anything that guides you to base your…

Study: Moments of Spirituality Can Induce Liberal Attitudes

There have been some fascinating studies about the effects of meditation in recent years. Buddhist monks and Trappist friars have been hooked up to EEG machines to record subtle changes in their brainwaves during their spiritual practices. Scores of clinical trials have also been conducted to assess the impact of meditation and prayer on physiological…

Maha Kumbh Mela 2013

Tomorrow for Maha Kumbh Mela more than 10 million Hindus are expected to take part in one of the world’s largest religious gatherings by the Ganges river with an additional 100 million pilgrims from India and abroad are expected to attend the 55-day Maha Kumbh festival. The festival is where Hindus enter the sacred river to cleanse their sins is held once every 12 years.

Diwali 2012

Globally, Nov. 13 is celebrated as Diwali, the festival of lights. It is arguably one of the biggest celebrations inside and outside of India for the South Asian community. What is most incredible is the diversity of significance of the day for a number of different faith communities including Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. While Diwali…

Can Meditation be Important?

Meditation is necessary for every human being. Meditation fulfills the natural tendency of human life to look for a joy that does not diminish, a love that does not get distorted or turn into negative emotions.

Some may ask if meditation is alien to us? Absolutely not. Everyone meditated for couple of months before their birth according to some – you were in your mother’s womb doing nothing; you didn’t even have to chew your food; everything was done for you. So there is a natural tendency in every human being, in every soul, to crave for that state of absolute comfort.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2012

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshiped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, the deity of intellect and wisdom and identified by his elephant head.

Discovery Of The World’s Oldest Book, Buddhism’s Diamond Sutra

When asking people to “name the world’s oldest printed book” and the reply would be Gutenberg’s Bible. Few answer the revered Buddhist text called the Diamond Sutra, printed in 868 A.D. Or that by the time Gutenberg got ink on his fingers nearly 600 years later. This copy of the Diamond Sutra had been hidden for several centuries in a sacred cave on the edge of the Gobi Desert and will remain there for several more.

Nine Points That Explains Hinduism In A Nutshell

Being a Londoner and a Hindu I’m often asked by friends from other Religious or Spiritual denominations “what Hindu spirituality is” or “what is Hinduism in general”. Over the years I simply condense it down to a short belief on what a Hindu believes overall and nine summarized points that explains Hinduism in a nutshell.…

Is Yoga A Spiritual Practice?

A picture recently posted on the Huffington Post’s Religion’s Facebook page has sparked a passionate discussion over whether or not yoga is a spiritual practice. The picture was an image from Mind Over Madness Yoga, of the Summer Solstice event featuring thousands of New Yorkers gathering in Times Square for a Yoga free session. The conversation that followed included conflicting views.

How Spirituality Shaped the Olympics

A 600-foot footrace was the only athletic event at the first Olympics, a festival held in 776 B.C. and dedicated to Zeus, the chief Greek god. For the next 1000 years, Greeks gathered every four years in Olympia to honour Zeus through sports, sacrifices and hymns. The five-day festival brought the Greek world together in devotion to one deity. What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honour a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days.